Choosing the best washing machine isn’t easy. If you’re starting from scratch, there are statistics to crunch, manufacturer claims to compare and opinions to evaluate. Plus, if washing is piling up, you need a new washing machine sooner rather than later. And with over 300 models to choose from, the research is more than just time consuming, it’s overwhelming.
Worry not, Verum has crunched the statistics, appraised the technology and scrutinised owner insight – saving you time & money. Below you will find the best washing machines – matched to your budget.
What’s the best washing machine?
Every machine recommended below has the top ‘A’ rating for getting your laundry clean. Beyond this ‘A’ cleaning standard, there are five specifics to consider. At the top of the list, think about drum size. Generally, big is better. For a couple or someone living alone, 7/8kg is a good place to start. But for a bigger family, choose a 9/10kg. Few people complain that the drum is too big.
Next up, look at noise & spin rating. Clearly, quieter is better (a few Decibels makes a significant difference). For spin efficiency, each machine below is rated ‘A’ or ‘B’ as a measure of how dry your laundry will be at the end of a cycle. There are also details of how efficient each machine is. A good energy rating means it’s kinder to the environment and cheaper to run. We have new energy labels for 2021 – They grade machines from A to G (more information below). Finally, warranty & brand reputation should steer you, especially if you’re investing in a mid-range or premium model.
If you’re looking for a premium brand washing machine or simply need an affordable washer on the hurry-up – you’re in the right place. Scroll drown to see the top 5 budget to mid-range washing machines – starting from around £200…
1. Indesit My Time EWD71452WUKN
Best Washing Machine Under £250
The Indesit My Time is the best budget washing machine for small households on a tight budget. It may not win eco awards or connect to your phone, but this model will get your laundry clean and save you a few quid.
For around £200, the Indesit My Time EWD71452WUKN truly stands out. The controls make it easy to use – A large dial selects the right cycle and two small knobs control temperature and spin speed. Many budget models have low spin cycles, but the Indesit is rated up to 1400rpm. This means it does a good job getting the water out of your washing. Another feature that’s unusual at this price is the digital display telling you how long your wash has to run.
Owners have lots of good things to say about the Indesit, including that it’s quiet. It may indeed be quieter than your old washer, but if less noise is important to you, there are even quieter options for a few quid more, detailed below.
Budget Small Washing Machine
Size is an important consideration. This Indesit has a comparatively small load capacity. The 7kg drum size is perfect for a smaller household, but anyone with kids may want to opt for a larger drum size.
Bigger, quieter and more efficient machines, all cost more. If you want an affordable washing machine and the 7kg load capacity works for you, buy the Indesit My Time EWD71452W.
SPECIFICATION | DRUM SIZE: 7kg | DEPTH: 52cm | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+++) NEW E | SPIN: 1400 | SPIN RATING: B | NOISE WASH/SPIN: C 57db/77db | QUICK WASH: 20 mins | WARRANTY: 1 Year
Indesit My Time | Verdict price £209 | Check best price on AO.com
2. Beko WTK92151W 9Kg Washing Machine
Budget Washing Machine for Large Family
This Beko washing machine has a great specification, does well in tests and is highly rated by its owners. Plus, the 9kg capacity drum makes the Beko WTK92151W a great choice for families.
With 15 programmes you have everything covered with this model. The wash cycles will get your laundry clean and the spin is good too. Don’t be put off by the 1200 spin cycle. While there are machines that spin faster, the clothes don’t necessarily come out dryer.
This specification also means that this Beko is noticeably quieter than most comparative models in the same class. Also of note, is the energy rating. For a 9kg machine costing under £300, the Beko has standout credentials, scoring A+++ on the old labels and an impressive B on the new.
The Beko WTK92151W is a great 9kg capacity washing machine. But what makes it truly standout is the price.
SPECIFICATION | DRUM SIZE: 9kg | DEPTH: 64cm | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+++) NEW B | SPIN: 1200 | SPIN RATING: B | NOISE WASH/SPIN: 53db/75db | QUICK WASH: 28 mins | WARRANTY: 1 Year
Beko WTK92151W | Verdict price £249 | Check best price on AO.com
3. Bosch Serie 2 WAJ24006GB 7Kg
Budget Bosch Washing Machine
Bosch has built a reputation for building quality appliances. And this model ticks the boxes and is great value for money.
Read all the owner reviews and it’s clear that lots of us replace old Bosch washing machines with the latest model. This 7Kg machine is great for couples or single households. As you may expect at this price, it doesn’t come with the latest features associated with expensive premium machines, but it does do the basics well and has a 2 year Bosch warranty.
The 15 programmes cover all the essentials including both wool and hand wash options. At first glance there’s no quick wash, however a ‘speed perfect’ button accelerates the programmes should you need your laundry cleaned in a hurry. The 1200 spin cycle works well and is reasonably quiet.
Under the old energy rating labels, this model achieved an excellent A+++ rating. The equivalent under the new system, marks this as a ‘D’. What’s important here, is that it hasn’t suddenly just become less efficient, it’s simply graded differently.
If you’re looking for a Bosch washing machine for smaller households, this is the model for you.
SPECIFICATION | DRUM SIZE: 7kg | DEPTH: 55cm | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+++) NEW D | SPIN: 1200 | SPIN RATING: B | NOISE WASH/SPIN: B 52db/74db | QUICK WASH: 50 mins | WARRANTY: 2 Year
Bosch Serie 2 | Verdict price £320 | Check best price on AO.com
4. Samsung Ecobubble WW90TA046AX
Best Buy Washing Machine – Efficient, Quiet & Reliable
This Samsung washing machine is a class leader. Loved by its owners, quieter than cheaper models and it will get your laundry clean – not just on the first wash, but for years to come.
Built to last with long warranty
Nobody wants to buy a new washing machine every few years. And while most models come with an array of promises surrounding build quality, the majority are sold with a one year guarantee. This Samsung comes with a five-year warranty (10 years on the motor). Manufacturers know their products. And with this, they only offer longer warranties on products they know will last.
Quiet washing machine under £500
Compared to many cheaper models, this Samsung is significantly quieter – washing and spinning. If you live in your kitchen, having a washing machine that doesn’t interrupt a conversation or drown out the radio, is a wonderful thing.
The 9kg drum capacity is perfect for most families. And, the top-spin speed is 1400. Tests show that it leaves clothes with a similar or lower remaining moisture content to higher speed (& noisier) washing machines. In short, it gets your laundry dry.
With 14 programmes this machine covers all the essentials and more, such as an easy iron function. It’s available in graphite & white (click link below to see both options).
With top washing & drying credentials, a 9kg capacity, quiet operation and a long warranty, this Samsung ecobubble is an excellent choice for most households.
SPECIFICATION | DRUM SIZE: 9kg | DEPTH: 55cm | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+++) NEW A | SPIN 1400 | SPIN RATING B | NOISE WASH/SPIN 53db/74db | QUICK WASH 15 mins | WARRANTY 5 Year
Samsung Ecobubble | Verdict price £400 | Check best price on AO.com
5. Bosch Serie 6 WAU28S80GB
Reliable Bosch Performance
Has your old Bosch washing machine finally given up? The Bosch Serie 6 may be the right replacement. It’s clear from numerous owners that Bosch washing machines are built to last. Justifying this, owners replace old Bosch machines with new Bosch machines. This reputation has taken time to earn and is perhaps the best recommendation anyone can give.
This Bosch Series 6 does everything well. It’s quiet, comes with all the right programmes and incorporates clever technology to use precisely the right amount of detergent for each & every wash.
How much washing powder do you really need?
Use too much washing powder & you’re pouring money down the drain. Too little & your laundry won’t come out clean. What’s also clear is that few of us have time to worry about the quantity of detergent we add. Bosch has the answer. The i-Dos system automatically measures the precise amount of detergent and water needed for each load. You simply fill the machine with liquid detergent and the machine will do the rest. Getting the detergent level right for every wash means no wasted detergent & therefore lower running costs. Plus, no more boxes of powder sitting by the washing machine. However, should you prefer to use traditional powder, it’ll do that too.
Best quiet washing machine
Compared to cheaper machines it’s approaching silent. This is one of the quietest, sub £600, washing machines on the market. Plus, it achieves this with a high-speed spin (1400).
Why do washing machines take so long to wash?
Whether it’s the kid’s PE kit or a smelly shirt, sooner or later we all need to get something clean, quick. This Bosch Serie 6 has a couple of options for such emergencies. There’s a super quick 15-minute wash. Ideal & essential, if you need to freshen up a sports kit, shirt or anything else, in minutes rather than hours. Plus, there’s a 30-minute wash for occasions where you have a little extra time!
This Bosch washing machine delivers by every measure. Clothes come out super clean. It’s very quiet and it’s built to last. Yes, it’s at the expensive end of budget machines, but it will last longer than your average washer, making the Bosch Series 6 WAU28S80GB a great investment.
SPECIFICATION | DRUM SIZE: 8kg | DEPTH: 59cm | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+++) NEW D | SPIN: 1400 | SPIN RATING B | NOISE WASH/SPIN: 49db/72db | QUICK WASH: 15 mins | WARRANTY: 2 Year
Bosch Serie 6 | Verdict price £550 | Check best price on AO
Choosing the Best Washing Machine
You may be reading this because your old machine has stopped working & laundry is piling up? Clearly, you need a new washing machine – fast! Simply click on the link of your preferred machine – the majority are available for immediate delivery. Plus, in most cases, they’ll take your old machine away too.
Alternatively, if you’re pushed for space take a look at the Verum recommended all-in-one washer dryers. However, do be aware that a decent dedicated washing machine will always outperform a washer dryer.
There are 100s of washing machines to choose from and clearly you want to buy the right machine for your budget. The Verum recommended models are ordered by price making it easier to see which machine is right for you. Generally, spending more affords you a quieter washing machine with a longer warranty.
All the recommended washing machines here get the top ‘A’ rating for getting laundry clean. Beyond this, here are six key checks to make…
- SIZE IS IMPORTANT – It’s better to buy big – 9kg or 10kg capacity will get the job done quicker and tend to wash better as the clothes are freer to move around the drum. However, while all machines are the same height and width, models with bigger drums are deeper. It’s normal for a washing machine to protrude in front of the worktop, but it’s worth double-checking your measurements before opting for a 10kg drum (all the Verum recommended machines have the depth detailed on the specifications).
- PROGRAMMES – A garments washing label is the best guide on which cycle to use. Most wash cycles are defined by temperature, but other factors including spin speed count too. Programmes for wool, delicates & handwash are useful. All the recommendations here have a quick wash – essential for emergencies!
- WARRANTY – While it’s possible to compare new washing machines ability to get laundry clean, it’s near impossible to gauge how well a machine will perform after five years or longer. Therefore brand reputation and owner analysis are key. If your old washing machine was great and lasted a long time, there’s every reason to choose the same brand.
- TOO NOISY – Look out for the dB rating. Decibels (dB) measure the intensity of sound on a logarithmic scale. An easy gauge is that a washing machine spinning at 80db will sound twice as loud as one spinning at 70dB. Assuming you stick to the Verum verdicts, spending more will afford you a quieter machine. This is especially important with open plan living.
- ENVIRONMENT – Saving money and helping the environment can go together – if you choose the right washing machine. Energy labelling has changed – see below.
- SPIN SPEED – However you dry your clothes, a decent spin cycle will mean that they spend less time wet. All the Verum verdicts have an A or B rating for remaining moisture content. Saving money on running the tumble dryer or time on the line.
New Energy Labels
Energy labels have changed. The outgoing grading was established 25 years ago and with lots of appliances now getting the top A+++ grade, this system offered little to differentiate the good from the ok. Looking forward, we now have a new system that raises the bar.
The new energy label resets and rates washing machines and other appliances from A to G. It’s important to recognise that the new scale, rates numerous best-in-class appliances with Cs. And many washing machines that were previously rated as A+++ machines are now rated at C or below.
Clearly, these machines have not suddenly got less efficiency, there’s just a new scoring system in place. What’s good is that we have robust comparative information for consumers and it puts additional pressure on manufacturers to keep improving our appliances.
SMALL DRUM – BEST BUDGET BUY
Indesit My Time | Verdict price £209
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LARGE FAMILY – BEST BUDGET BUY
Beko | Verdict price £249
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Samsung ecobubble | Verdict price £400
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Bosch Serie 6 | Verdict price £550
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The right washing machine for you
All the recommendations above, excel within their price category. Spending more will get you a more efficient, quieter machine, larger drum size and depending on the model, a longer warranty.
Washing machines are sure infuriating when they go wrong and buying a new washing machine isn’t an exciting purchase. Plus, there are hundreds of washing machines to choose from. Some good, some average and some less so!
Verum has considered 100s of washing machines – consumed owner insight and scrutinised manufacturer specifications – Buy any of the models recommended above and you won’t be disappointed.